What do you consider when you’re planning to buy a new gadget for your home – its look or its functionality? Whichever you choose, nothing is better than getting both in a single device. In this article, you’ll come across some extraordinary speakers that not only provide you with the best listening experience but also add a style quotient to your personal space. When we think of speakers, we usually expect the same box-like look like these high end AV receivers at Huppin’s. But the ones listed below will definitely change your perception of traditional audio speakers. The demand and desire to purchase speakers that not only give you good sound but look stylish as well has forced designers to come up with novel and creative looking devices.
1. Kanto Morph speaker
Alp Germaner, a South African designer, has designed the cool Kanto Morph speaker which reflects his unruly design ideas. The device is an iPod/iPhone dock but doesn’t resemble traditional docks. Originally, the Kanto Morph speakers were designed to be entered into a competition but missed the opportunity. What sets them apart is that they don’t look like regular Apple affiliates and are quite unique. The four-speaker system gives you a powerful listening experience without compromising on space. Apple users will, no doubt, be delighted to get a hold of the Kanto Morph speakers to complement their iPods or iPhones.
2. Woofer Speaker System
While it may not be appreciated by dogs, the Woofer Speaker System is perfect for those with a quirky personality. Two 20-inch headless dogs make up the system which sports co-axial speakers. Custom electronic filters make sure you get the best sound while appealing to your sense of the strange. The cost of this somewhat creepy system is around $999.
3. See the sound speakers
Generally, when we think of speakers, the very first pictures that come to our mind are of square or rectangular boxes. But talented designers across the globe are doing their creative bit to change our perception. The contemporary ‘see the sound speakers’ designed by Young Sang Eun will make your room look incredibly modish. Like the name, the speakers actually let you ‘see’ the music with the help of vibrating rings on the top. Similar to a graphic equalizer, the speakers are a work of contemporary art.
4. PLUG + PLAY wireless speaker
The PLUG + PLAY wireless speaker is an innovative piece of work. It lets you hide the speakers between a groovy wallpaper. This beautiful, edgy and transparent wireless system uses a Bluetooth receiver for functioning. You can stick the Bluetooth transmitter plugs into various MP3 devices such as mobile phones, computers, iPods and laptops and play your favorite music on the PLUG + PLAY wireless speaker. The transparent LCD display shows you what track is playing as well as an equalizer.
5. Hive speakers
Taking inspiration from a beehive, the Hive speakers are designed not to look like speakers but more like a contemporary art piece. This modular system can be used as a single unit or used to fill an entire wall. You can hide all the electrical wiring within the wall-mounted frame, thus reducing the amount of cables to one which contains both audio and electricity. You can extend and pivot the speakers independently too so you can use them in various digital surround systems. Perfect for those tired of square or rectangular boxes.
6. Moonlight Sound Speaker
Looking like full moons, the Moonlight Sound Speakers handle 120 to 200 watts of amplification and project sound in a 360-degree dispersion pattern which means that they provide sound in all directions. The fluorescent light sources are available with a wireless LED bulb which can keep changing colors. The speakers are made of durable weatherproof polyethylene shell so you can use them outdoors as well. What is unique is that the Moonlight Sound Speakers can be used in extreme temperatures. Available in various sizes, you can choose to place them on the floor or hang them.
7. Tree speaker
We all love to see birds sitting on a tree and listen to their lovely melodies. Taking a cue from this refreshing scene, Jihui Hong has designed an exclusive Singing Tree that allows you to enjoy your favorite music. You can place the system on a table or hang it up on your wall. All you need to do is to hook up your audio player to the tree speaker system and then insert leaves into the designated holes. The leaves are used to control the volume. The more leaves on the tree, the higher you can increase your volume and vice versa.
8. USB shoe speakers
Stiletto lovers will definitely adore these cool speakers. Shaped beautifully like high-heeled shoes, the speakers have a 3.5-mm USB port which can be easily connected to a computer or an MP3 player. The system is available in various colors of pink, black and red. The approximate cost of these speakers is £24.99.
9. Horn dipole loudspeaker
The Horn dipole loudspeakers are full range units from 150Hz – 20 KHz which can produce music of high level clarity, details and dynamics. This pair of speakers is highly efficient and can produce loud sound by using just 5 watts. The stands are made up of stainless steel and are satin polished. The horns are made using toughened cast acrylic and the phase plug and support ring are precision machined using aluminum alloy. The speakers sport a protective anodized finish. Classy and minimalistic, they’re perfect for a modern home.
10. Dragon Speakers
If you’re planning to embellish your media room with some scaly reptilians, then these Dragon speakers will give a dramatic statement to your personal space. The two-way speakers are designed by UK studio, Axelsson Design, and are made using sturdy polyurethane plastic cabinets while the bass is ported via the dragons’ mouths. The speakers also sport a 1-inch tweeter as well as a 4-inch woofer. Standing at 15.4 inches tall, the system is available in white, gloss black and candy apple red finishes. You can also get them custom-made. The cost of Axelsson’s Dragon speakers is around $940.